Back To The Bad Old Days?

Last updated : 25 January 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor
Tigers chairman Paul Duffen said: "There is no place for this kind of mindless hooliganism in football. It is an ugly throwback to a bygone era which most clubs have long since eradicated from their culture.

"Hull City Football Club will be seeking full financial compensation from Millwall for all the damage and will be making the strongest representations to the football authorities regarding this incident.

"It is already clear that a significant contingent of the travelling Millwall supporters arrived at the match with the single intention of causing maximum disruption.

"Over 50 seats were destroyed together with toilet facilities and concession shutters, all in the North Stand occupied by visiting supporters."

This follows reports from last week when Toon fans were accused of rowdy behaviour on a trip to Blackburn.

More than 300 Newcastle fans stopped in Chorley, Lancashire, on their way to Ewood Park and local people say teenagers ran amok.

It has been claimed dozens of fans verbally abused passers-by, vomited and smashed glasses.

Lancashire Police said they dealt with the situation quickly, and the group calmed down. Nobody was arrested.

Now the Newcastle United Supporters Club is appealing to members to name the fans.

It is understood there were extra seats for away fans last Saturday and Michael Teasdale, spokesman for the supporters club, believes some young fans, who are not regular away supporters may have caused the bother.

"I believe these people were not part of the regular travelling away support," he said.

"While increased support is great for our support it can, as with other clubs, often have the negative side of attracting an unfavourable element.

"We deplore any sort of violence, aggression or intimidating behaviour in and around football matches."